Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round Four

Where is the love? (photo:

Where is the love? (photo:

Each week, OTF editor Scott Fenwick visits with the MLS pundits to see how they rate and rank our Men in Red…


Aggregate = 16/19 (-0.1 from last week)

Soccer America (14)

“Quincy Amarikwa’s equalizer in the 82nd minute earned a 2-2 tie after twice D.C. United stung the Fire defense on set plays. Chicago tallied first from a corner kick when Jhon Kennedy Hurtado connected with Harry Shipp’s serve to score his first league goal since 2009. After falling behind, the Fire labored through heavy rain on a sodden RFK field to score again when sub Patrick Nyarko nutmegged Spanish left back Christian on the flank and centered a ball Amarikwa drove into the net. Three of its four games have been on the road so the Fire’s record under new head coach Frank Yallop isn’t all that bad.”

See? We’re not that bad!

Seattle Times (15)

Seattle Times had nothing to say about Chicago Fire. Like I said last week, it’s always gotta be about Seattle.

ESPN FC (16)

“Quincy Amarikwa has quietly made a solid start, scoring his second goal of the season to rally Chicago to a 2-2 tie vs. D.C. United. Patrick Nyarko bid for more playing time with an inspired performance off the bench, assisting on Amarikwa’s goal.”

Patty’s back! Let’s roll. (17)

“Made a few very simple defensive errors, continually leaving the door open for D.C. This feels very much like a team that’s still figuring out what they’re all about.”

Duh. It’s a rebuild. Whadaya want? A pound of flesh?

Sports Illustrated’s Planet Fútbol (17)

“The Fire are leaving a lot to be desired so far this season. Harrison Shipp has been a bright spot on the wing for Chicago, as he has turned in a couple solid games in a row now. He has to be in early consideration for Rookie of the Year, along with Chivas USA’s Thomas McNamara.”

Tough love. I like the ROY talk though. Viva Shipp! Shipp Ahoy! Holy Shipp!

Fansided (17)

“Goals from Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (27′) and Quincy Amarikwa (82′) paced Frank Yallop’s Chicago Fire to a 2-2 draw with D.C. United at RFK Stadium. The Fire return home to Toyota Park to host the Philadelphia Union on Apr. 5. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. CT/5 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE.”

Why do I even bother quoting you, Fansided?

Soccer by Ives ()

Ives took a Turkish bath this week. Hope to see him back next week. 


If you had had a sudden change of heart
I wish that you would tell me so
don’t leave me hangin on the promises
you’ve got to let me know



Scott Fenwick founded On The Fire in 2012 and is its Editor. Follow him @OnTheFire97

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